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Katherine Bernhardt

SELECTED WORKS BY Katherine Bernhardt

Gold Maillot
Katherine Bernhardt
Gold Maillot

2006

Acrylic on canvas

244 x 183 cm
Katherine Bernhardt�s paintings embody cosmopolitan edginess. Her lush canvases � which themselves pose as the currency of beguiling luxury � incorporate all the fantasy trappings of seduction, decadence and corruption, each charged with sordid soap operatic climax and the command of true-to-type bitches and divas. Looming larger than life, Bernhardt�s demoiselles flaunt exaggerated tales of womanly wiles: a tribe of Amazonian it-girls, goddesses, and super-heroines languishing in the ennui of money, power, and style.
Anna Barrios Pucci Print
Katherine Bernhardt
Anna Barrios Pucci Print

2006

Acrylic on canvas

244 x 183 cm
Approaching painting as a platform for fiction, Bernhardt�s imagined characters are richly contrived portraits encapsulating both the vacuity of media image and the unpredictable response of consumer over-identification. Rendered with the fury of both adulation and envy, Bernhardt�s models emerge as freakish inventions � all Max Factor raccoon eyes, emaciated limbs, and swollen red pouts; troubled beauties relishing both idolisation and abuse.
Lizard Woman
Katherine Bernhardt
Lizard Woman

2006

Acrylic on canvas

183 x 213 cm
Far from illustrating wry caricature, Bernhardt�s wildly expressive style illuminates her own complicit role as spell-bound fan. Her paintings are executed with rarefied passion, conveying urgency, obsession, and a desire to emulate through the act of making. Her engagement with beauty is funny, clumsy, and endearingly humiliating. �Getting it right� fashion dissolves into planes of illusive abstraction as designer bikinis transform into ill-fitting triangles, eye-shadow hovers as lurid circles, and pink terrains of skin drip with melting suggestion of fake tan or plastic surgery rumour. Through her casual formalism, Bernhardt uncovers the true secrets of attraction: a beauty that lies in the pureness of sentiment and basic instinct aesthetic, packaged with the uptown savvy of raw ambition.
Pink Cake
Katherine Bernhardt
Pink Cake

2007

Acrylic on canvas

215 x 304 cm

Katherine Bernhardt's BIOGRAPHY


Born in St Louis, Missouri, USA in 1975
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY


SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2010
Forthcoming, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Tombouctou 52 Jours, CANADA, New York, NY
Lila Dit Ca , Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve, Paris, France
Super Models and Swatch Watches, Galeria Marta Cervera, Madrid, Spain
Wonder Women, Carbon 12, Dubai

2008
Greeky, Ransom, London, UK
Kate, Giselle, Natalia, Agyness, Simon, Kanye and George, CANADA, New York

2007
Drunken Hot Girls, Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve, Paris France
Kiss Me Kate, Galleri Loyal, Stockholm, Sweden

2006
La Dolce Vita, Galeria Glance, Torino
Flesh for Fantasy, Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad
Girls on Film, Cannes
Budapest, The Gellert Hotel, 10:15pm, Galerie Lisa Ruyter, Vienna
Winter Special Crazy Fun, Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve, Paris

2005
Women of the Forest, Greener Pastures Gallery, Toronto
Where the Spirits Dwell, Galerie Comercial, San Juan, Puerto Rico
96 Degrees in the Shade, CANADA, New York
Out of Africa, Galerie Lisa Ruyter, Vienna

2004
Pleasure and Paint,Galerie Lisa Ruyter, Vienna

2003
Team Gallery. New York
Concurrent solo show at Kenny Schachter ConTEMPorary

2001
Team Gallery
Concurrent Solo show at Modern Culture at The Gershwin Hotel, New York

2000
Team Gallery, New York


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2009
Quick While Still Hot, Heist Gallery, New York, NY
Haute Romantics, Verge Gallery and Studio Project, Sacramento, CA
New York Minute, curated by Kathy Grayson, Macro Future, Rome, Italy
Spaced Out / On Time, CANADA, New York, NY
Teasers and Pleasers, Galerie Kussseneers, Antwerp, Belgium
The Multifaceted Female, Barat Foundation, Newark, NJ
Brooklyn Queens, The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn NY
The New Yorkers, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Marilyn Monroe, Städtische Galerie, Schloss Meersberg, Germany
Hard Soft, National Arts Club, New York, NY
Glam Shackle & Spice, Gallery SATORI, New York, NY
Quick While Still, curate by Kadar Brock, Motus Fort, Tokyo, Japan

2008
Ice Cream Show, LOYAL, Stockholm, Sweden
ambivalent figuration; people, Samson Projects, Boston, MA
Deadliest Catch: Hamptons, curated by Michael Sellinger, Southampton, NY

2007
Prelude, Julie Chae Gallery, Boston, MA
Someday Never Comes, Zeiher Smith, New York, NY
Wu-Tang / googolplex, curated by Darren Bader, GBE @ Passerby, New York
Group Show curated by Eddie Martinez, Zeiher Smith, New York M*A*S*H, curated by Amy Smith Stewart and Omar Lopez-Chahoud, The Helena, New York, NY

Group Show curated by Jason Duvall, Kathleen Cullen, New York, NY
2006
The Galleries Show, Extra City Center for
Contemporary Art, Antwerp
Modern Primitivism, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago
(Cana) Rico ?, Galeria Comercial, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Men, curated by Ellen Altfest, I-20 Gallery, New York
Paint, Power, Triangles and Selections from My Wardrobe", Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles
Frisky Flaming Hot, Galleri Christina Wilson, Copenhagen
Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita
Group Show, Salon 94, curated by Bronwyn Keenan in conjunction with Bono and Fashion Week, New York
In Search of Love & Fire", David Castillo Modern & Contemporary Art, Miami

2005
Hello Sunday, curated by Holly Coulis, SixtySeven, New York
The Early Show, curated by The General Store, White Columns, New York
Manhattan, curated by Carol Lee, 100 Lafayette, New York
Monster Painting McClain Gallery, Houston
Sitting, Standing, Reclining II” Modern Culture Gallery, New York
Honeymoon with Romeo, Groeflin Maag
Galerie, Basel
Midway Contemporary, ST Paul
New York’s Finest, CANADA, New York
and Wallace Whitney

2004
4 Color Pen Show, General Store, Milwaukee
Postcards From The Edge, Visual Aids Benefit, Brent Sikkema, New York
The 4 color pen show, General Store, Milwaukee
General Store Rocks, High Desert Test Sites, Joshua Tree
Rock, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica
Slice and Dice, SVA museum, New York
Beginning Here 101 Ways”, SVA Museum, New York
Under the Sun, Greener Pastures, Toronto
Voo Doo Shit Hales Gallery, London
Heavenly Creatures, Saltzburg
Beat the Reaper, Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston
Drunk VS. Stoned, Gavin Browns’ Passerby, New Yor
Bad Touch V.5 Tampa

2003
Girls Gone Wild, Bronwyn Keenan Gallery New York(organized by
Katherine Bernhardt and Bronwyn Keenan)
The Larger Room, Mari Eastman Apt, Los Angeles
Bad Touch V.4, Keith Talent Gallery, London
Slacker Art, Unfinished on Purpose, Greener Pastures, Toronto

2002
Bad Touch, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago
Ecstasy Falls, Paris
Stirring the Turd, Lump Gallery, Raleigh
Art New York, Kunstraume Auf Zeit, Linz
Brush, Enders Projects, Frankfurt
Painting, ATM Gallery
Burst, Team Gallery
The Dubrow Biennial, Kagan Martos Gallery
Snapshot, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art

2001
Perfunctory, Team Gallery, New York

2000
Electraslip Knife, Chicago
Snapshot, Baltimore Contemporary Museum
Tectonic, La Panaderia, Mexico City

1999
Love, Cynthia Broan Gallery, New York
Forever is a Hell of A Long Time, Bronwyn Keenen Gallery, New York

1998
Sassy Nuggets, A-1 Lab Art Space, Knoxville
Eye Candy, Contemporary Artists Workshop, Chicago